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What operating systems are available for free?

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Some operating systems that are available for free include Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Elementary OS, openSUSE and Fedora. Each of these operating systems are based on Linux, a free and open-source operating system designed to be an alternative to Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS maintained by the community.

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Linux-based operating systems are each designed with different goals and use cases in mind. Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE and Elementary OS each aim to be a general-purpose operating system that the average user can learn and use as an everyday operating system. The primary difference to the end-user between distributions include the graphical user interface, software management system and bundled software. Linux distributions cannot run Windows software natively but are capable of running some Windows software using a package called WINE.

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